If, like me, you leave 'it' until the last minute you'll know how stressful it can be. Panic lists, crowds, panic buys, crowds, panic attacks...CROWDS. Come Christmas Eve, whilst my smug, organised friends are relaxing by the tree sipping mulled wine, I'm the one running up and down Oxford Street, crying. Not this year though. No, this year I'm doing my Christmas shopping online.
With five weeks to go, this weekend is the time to start ordering. Here are some suggestions to help you along.
Raoul, Marianne nappa leather bag £275
Smythson, Brown Mara leather iPad sleeve £215
Halfpenny London, Gold-plated bird chain £242 Another beautiful, must-have creation from designer to the stars, Kate Halfpenny. www.halfpennylondon.com
Aromatherapy Associates spa day £150
A day of pampering at the Aromatherapy Associates spanking new boutique Spa in Knightsbridge.
Gaggia, Espresso Pure Coffee Maker £170
Tom Ford, Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum, 50ml £120
Virgin Experience Day from £50 Supercar driving, sky diving, hot air balloon rides. www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk
Remote controlled i-Helicopter £69.95
Remote controlled from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Jo Malone, Cologne Collection £62
A luxurious collection of 5 different colognes, which you can combine to create your own scent. Jo Malone offer a 'tasting menu' in all of their boutiques. You can learn how to combine scents, receive a complimentary hand and arm massage, and a glass of champagne.
Christian Louboutin, The Book £47 www.amazon.co.uk
Horse hip flask £26.40
Love Music, Love Food £30
A combination of recipes, photographs and interviews from rock stars, including Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Roger Daltrey and Paloma Faith in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
Elemis for Men, Superstar Grooming Kit £45 www.timetospa.co.uk
Furla, Gold Teddy Bear Charm £40
Hotel du Vin voucher from £50
The nationwide luxury chain do a great Sunday
Night Deal: Spend £75 in the bistro and get a room
Choco Rico, Strawberry and Cream Chocolate Shoe £10.50 www.heals.co.uk
Rituals, Under a Fig Tree scented candle £13.90
Hot Dog Hand Warmers £6
I Hate Christmas santa ball £4 www.theinsideman.co.uk